Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abia state (Photo credit: Channels TV)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been conferred with The Father of Modern Nigeria award by Middle Belt Traditional Council.

The Council’s chairman, Ochi Ode Emmanuel, presented the award to Obasanjo at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

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“The decision to recognise Obasanjo with this award was unanimous by all members of the Middle Belt Traditional Council for his sterling qualities, despite not being the sitting President,” he said.

“When we had the event, he was not in the country and he wrote to apologise for his absence. So, we are here today to present the award to him.

”You see, right from history, this is a man that has seen it all both in the military and civil society. He has always been there for this country.

“The major attribute being that at the heat of the Fulani herdsmen issue, and not minding what can happen to his life, he was there in the Middle Belt. This singular action endeared him to our hearts.

“Today, he is not the sitting President, yet, he is up and doing, trying to make the unity of the country unshaken. He has done a lot and made sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria. So, the Council noted that someone doing this should be recognised to encourage others to do same.”